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Comment Re: Holy Blinking Cursor, Batman! (Score 3, Interesting) 203

I agree there. I have used many programming languages and so many of them make up their own terms for things that were previously well known by different names in the industry. Most of these new terms were for things that were known in the 70s and 80s. I think a lot of people who are in their own bubble, making up their own terms, without knowing what goes on elsewhere.

Comment Re:Holy Blinking Cursor, Batman! (Score 1) 203

For some of this I disagree. Liskov Substituion principle is not the sort of thing you run across in school or in the workplace, unless you hang out with the sorts of people who have memorized all the design patterns by name. Now if you're in a specialized field of sofware design then you're much more likely to know Liskov substitution prinicple but outside of that I think it's rare.

Analogously I ask about Priority Inversion and Deadlock, because that's the context I'm dealing with. I am not surprised if some people don't know priority inversion but I am a bit dismayed if they don't know deadlock (and didn't take the time ot cram before the interview) because it occurs everywhere and not just on low level systems. Then I meet a guy who says he's building his own RTOS and yet admits he doesn't know what a deadlock is during an interview and I have to struggle to keep a straight face.

Comment Re:Holy Blinking Cursor, Batman! (Score 1) 203

If you're a senior programme who claims to be programming every day, then a coding problem on an interview should be a piece of cake. If the candidate struggles at this then the message being sent is that the candidate will need hand holding and remedial training and will not be able to function as a mentor.

Comment Re:Millennials (Score 1) 194

White flight never really left. They just call it something different now, like "I just want a good school". Public schools get dumped on, those new "gentrification" people still go and send the kids to private schools if they can, or home school if they can't, while those in more affluent neighborhoods already have good public schools with tons of funding and iron clad resistance to bussing. And then to top if off they blame the whole thing on teachers.

Comment Re:Wonder why (Score 1) 194

Depends on the locale. ie, most high tech jobs in the SF Bay Area are in the medium density suburbs, not in the high density urban centers. The commute from low density suburban to medium density suburban can be a lot better than from urban to suburg. Although in the Bay Area most traffic is due to not enough roads in too cramped an area so that traffic jams are inevitable. Compare to a lot of other urban areas that are more open geographically, a lot of major corporate and industrial work areas are out along the ring roads and suburban areas and not in the increasingly decaying urban cores.

Comment Re:What advantage does cutting off employees provi (Score 1) 76

Not just Silicon Valley. Almost everywhere I've worked since the 80s, the work place is not near what one would call normal restaurants. Most cubical farms, labs, and manufacturing areas are not located in dense urban hubs. Within walking distance it's either a grubby corporate cafeteria, an overcrowded sandwich place squeezed in among the warehouses, or a roaming roach coach. So the majority of workers who didn't bring in their lunches got in their cars and drove elsewhere. This is a big loss of productivity for companies. So getting and improving the cafeteria is not just a perk it's a way to get more value out of the employees.

Comment Re:Rough edges visible miles away (Score 1) 92

Pneumatic tubes was still in common use even 20 years ago. The problem is that "state of the art" takes a very long time to get into common use, and when it is in use it's often nowhere as good as proponents claim. Capital costs and training costs will suck up the majority of savings here anyway, meanwhile the actual workers will be clicking, clicking, clicking, clicking, pounding the side of the machine, clicking again, and just for one order.

Comment Re:Glad to see the star ratings go (Score 1) 97

I hated it and loved it at the same time. I guess I rate it high because I had to stop and think about it, and that automatically makes it better than the majority of stuff from Hollywood. Trouble is, if you rate it high on Netflix then suddenly they start suggesting more quirky comedies with unlikeable protagonists from the early 2000's. Even if you just watch it then Netflix figures you want more of the same (you had Chicken Cacciatore today, so clearly you want a Chicken dinner every single night).

Ie, because I "recently watched Attack on Titan" it has a category which appears to be all the kawaii anime from the last decade, ugh. They need to figure out that I don't want to watch the same thing all the time. They haven't figured out how to be random I think, they want to pigeon hole the viewer. One of my favorite channels pre-cord-cutting was IFC, because there were so many thing that I found unexepectedy good, different from the standard fare, off beat, high quality or low quality, etc. From Citizen Kane to the Three Stooges. Netflix will never figure that sort of thing out if they rely on a formula.

Comment Re:Nothing like fudging the number (Score 1) 97

I see something that looks slightly interesting, maybe I'll waste a couple hours on it. Then I see the 1/2 star rating and I stop. Maybe it really is bad. Or maybe people are just stupid and rating it without seeing it, or rating it to get it off their queues, or... Popularity isn't a good indicator of quality or enjoyment. Sometimes a really bad movie is just the thing for saturday morning. I need to train myself not to look at the ratings.

Comment Re:I suspect something different (Score 1) 97

It does get a bit better over time. Overall rates aren't so great because you never rate something you'd never even bother to watch. Why should I put one stars on all the Rob Schneider movies if I never watch them? But I don't want to rate them either if I haven't seen them (there's gotta be one that's 2 stars, even Jim Carrey had a couple good movies). So Netflix doesn't know to never show them to me.

Likewise I don't uprate a movie unless I was pleasantly surprised that it was actually a lot better than I expected or was otherwise motivated. I don't rate movies based upon whether I want to see them or not, but whether I liked them more than average or something is high quality about them. I'll still slum around with some really mediocre fare even if Netflix thinks I want to see more like Citizen Kane. Up-rating can backfire badly though, they don't know why I liked the show. If I uprated Jessica Jones it does not mean that I would be interested in Supergirl.

A drawback of Netflix getting better at figuring out what I like is that it very often suggests shows I have already watched; sometimes if I've already seen then on Netflix itself... And it won't suggest titles that I may find good but which don't fit the formula Netflix has for me; instead I seem to get broad categories like 50s scifi or quirky mysteries.

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